Posted on | October 12, 2010 | 2 Comments
Staff at Consumer Focus have told the BBC that they are expecting an announcement this Thursday, that the government is closing them down.
Consumer Focus is the organisation that has for decades – under their former name of National Consumer Council – campaigned to save consumers from unfair treament by companies and legislation.
Most recently, their work on nPower gas bills saved consumers – many of whom were among the poorest in society – £70 million on their over-charged fuel bills.
The Office of Fair Trading also faces abolition. They protect us all by investigating market abuse and taking companies to court if they break consumer protection laws.
The government thinks we can do without these vital watchdogs. They call them “quangos” and say that, if there is a problem, then the voluntary sector can step in.
They are wrong. These are ideologically driven cuts to reduce the protection provided to all of us by these vital bodies. They will cost everyone dear: we will end up with worse laws and undefended consumers.
Please act now to tell your MP to oppose these cuts in the Public Bodies (Reform) Bill.
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